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Our South African Winelands Best

Posted by on December 14th 2018 in Africa, Inspiration, Luxury, Travel Tips & Advice

Our South African Winelands Best

As we used to live in beautiful South Africa, one of the most vibrant country's in the world, we feel very strongly about promoting this magnificent country's best side. We love nothing more than to share with our clients our favourites especially places you wouldn't ordinarily know about. The special gems we incorporate into our tailor-made holidays to South Africa go a long way towards helping to create the magical experience our clients are looking for from their holidays. 

GEMS FROM STELLENBOSCH & FRANSCHHOEK IN THE...

What is a typical day on safari like?

Posted by on October 12th 2016 in Adventure & Expeditions, Africa, Inspiration, Luxury, Photography

What is a typical day on safari like?
WHAT IS A DAY ON SAFARI ACTUALLY LIKE? THINKING OF A SAFARI HOLIDAY AND WONDERING HOW A TYPICAL DAY IS STRUCTURED? WE HEAR FROM THE LODGE MANAGER AT ONE OF ZAMBIA'S TOP LUXURY SAFARI LODGES

A typical day at your Zambian safari lodge as written by a lodge manager:

Between 05:30 and 06:30 (depending on the season) you will be gently woken by a soft knock on your door from one of the friendly members of staff. Make sure to wear something...

The Definitive Guide to Kilimanjaro Part Four: Experiences on the Mountain

Posted by on July 21st 2016 in Adventure & Expeditions, Africa, Inspiration, Kilimanjaro

The Definitive Guide to Kilimanjaro Part Four: Experiences on the Mountain
At dawn

Your days on the mountain start at sunrise with steaming cups of coffee and delicious hot breakfasts served in the mess tent. (For more information on Kilimanjaro food and meals click here: mountain food is the source of success). Sandgrouse do high altitudes in style! A quick briefing follows breakfast – letting you know what to expect over the day ahead whilst the porters forge ahead with your tents and kit. Fortified, you trek on, the porters control the pace and pick...

The Definitive Guide to Kilimanjaro Part Three: Expedition Logistics

Posted by on June 21st 2016 in Adventure & Expeditions, Africa, Ambassadors, Inspiration, Kilimanjaro , Sandgrouse Explorers Club, Travel Tips & Advice

The Definitive Guide to Kilimanjaro Part Three: Expedition Logistics

For a successful ascent of Kilimanjaro you need a team who will work tirelessly for you to achieve your goal. Your success is our success and every aspect of the climb is meticulously planned and prepared for you. We genuinely want you to succeed as much as you do.

Behind the Scenes

Our aim is to get you to the summit and back down again with a big smile on your face. With that in mind you need to have an...

The Definitive Guide to Kilimanjaro Part Two: What to Expect?

Posted by on May 20th 2016 in Adventure & Expeditions, Africa, Inspiration, Kilimanjaro , Sandgrouse Explorers Club, Travel Tips & Advice

The Definitive Guide to Kilimanjaro Part Two: What to Expect?

You have checked and double checked your kit. Packed and repacked. Made friends with your new hiking boots, invested in some serious technical clothing, caught your flight and are on your way. Out of the plane window, as you fly across the border between Kenya and Tanzania, Uhuru Peak (the highest point of Kilimanjaro) can be seen penetrating upwards through the clouds just below, this is when the butterflies go into overdrive. 

(The Lava Tower with Kibo looming in the distance). 

THE CHALLENGE OF A LIFETIME

In less...

The Definitive Guide to Kilimanjaro Part One: Should I climb Kili?

Posted by on April 22nd 2016 in Adventure & Expeditions, Africa, Inspiration, Kilimanjaro , Sandgrouse Explorers Club, Travel Tips & Advice

The Definitive Guide to Kilimanjaro Part One: Should I climb Kili?
SHOULD I CONSIDER CLIMBING KILIMANJARO? If you want to tackle and ultimately tame this beast you need to do your research and that is what this series of articles will help you to do. Over the coming weeks and months we at Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions will be posting a series of informative articles on realising your Kilimanjaro ambitions so watch this space. 

Maybe you are considering climbing Kilimanjaro? You are not alone. People have been drawn to this challenge since men in tweed...

MOUNT KILIMANJARO: MOUNTAIN FOOD IS THE SOURCE OF SUCCESS

Posted by on March 8th 2016 in Adventure & Expeditions, Africa, Kilimanjaro , Sandgrouse Explorers Club, Travel Tips & Advice

MOUNT KILIMANJARO: MOUNTAIN FOOD IS THE SOURCE OF SUCCESS
FOOD IS FUEL ON MOUNT KILIMANJARO

To give you the very best chance of success on one of our Mount Kilimanjaro treks in Tanzania, we select a suitable route based on in-depth discussions with yourself coupled with our personal expertise, we consider all on-going aspects of each trek on the ground, as it happens. This includes perhaps most importantly, your nutritional needs.

We are proud to say that all the meals you consume whilst on a Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro are...

Bucket List Stuff: Five Adventurous Places To Visit Before You Die

Posted by on February 24th 2016 in Adventure & Expeditions, Africa, Europe, Inspiration, Photography, Sandgrouse Explorers Club, Scandinavia , Travel Tips & Advice

Bucket List Stuff: Five Adventurous Places To Visit Before You Die
1. SVALBARD, THE ARCTIC 

Fly as far north as you possibly can by scheduled flight and step into a pristine Arctic wilderness. Untouched by man these breathtaking landscapes coupled with beautiful wildlife will surely leave you spellbound. You will travel silently on skis or by dog sled through the tundra surrounded by a backdrop of pure white mountains. See with your own eyes wildlife such as polar bears, arctic fox, Svalbard reindeer and seals. Out at sea you will find numerous species of whales and...

Book Review: Wild Africa's Silent Call - Derek Townsend

Posted by on November 11th 2015 in Africa, Book Reviews, Inspiration

Book Review: Wild Africa's Silent Call - Derek Townsend

"A worthy read for those travelers looking to gain further appreciation of post-colonial history across what can only be described as an utterly intoxicating region of the African continent." 

Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda

Townsend recounts his own personal safari taken in the late 1960s through Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda in a refreshingly readable style analysing his experiences from not only a wildlife perspective but also observing the current humanitarian state of East Africa as he passes from village to village and town to town. His journey turns out to be a...

Book Review: The Africa House - Christina Lamb

Posted by on August 19th 2015 in Africa, Book Reviews, Inspiration, Luxury

 Book Review: The Africa House - Christina Lamb

"In a remote corner of Africa stands a magnificent three storey pink bricked mansion, with a tower in the centre, a red tiled roof and a line of elegant arches supporting a first floor terrace from which a Union Jack flutters... Part Tuscan Manor, part English ancestral home, something one might find in Surrey or Berkshire belonging to a Duke or a Lord." - Christina Lamb, The Africa House. 

This is truly a refreshing story of a man whose vision to transform an area...

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